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(Photo: Courtesy of Greater Moncton Romeo Leblanc International Airport)

YQM and Hope Air partner, supporting travel for medical access

By Tara Clow Feb 22, 2024 | 1:46 PM

A new partnership will raise awareness of a program that makes travel more accessible for those who need medical help far from home.

The Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM) is joining hands with Hope Air.

“Hope Air’s mission is to ensure that distance and cost do not stand in the way of accessing necessary healthcare for Canadians. Our collaboration with Hope Air represents a strong alignment with our shared value of the social well-being of our community,” Courtney Burns, president and CEO of YWM, says about the national charity organization.

Hope Air is the only national charity that provides support through flights, accommodations, meal vouchers, and ground transportation.

Several of YQM’s airline partners, such as Air Canada, WestJet, PAL Airlines, and Porter Airlines,
are already engaged with Hope Air.

Since the organization was established in 1986, Hope Air has supported 558 patients through 6,398 travel arrangements in New Brunswick, including 49 patients through 505 travel arrangements in the last two years.

In 2023, Hope Air provided nearly 25,000 travel arrangements across the country.

Travellers will notice a few spaces throughout the YQM terminal building with the Hope Air banner, and also other areas where you can donate directly. You’ll also notice videos and ads on digital screens at the terminal building.

Patients who qualify for travel support from Hope Air will also receive complimentary parking as a part of this partnership, and Burns expected there will be more events in the days to come.

(Photo: Courtesy of Greater Moncton Romeo Leblanc International Airport)

“For Moncton airport to provide a space to raise awareness that this wonderful service exists at the time when people need it most. We hope that those who are eligible will be aware that the service is even available to them,” Burns says.